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Elgin crime recap: Theft rises, assault drops

The number of crime incidents in Elgin saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 349 for the week of March 11, up from 295 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were theft and vandalism. Theft rose to 31 incidents last week, from 23 the week before. Vandalism went from four to six.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of assault went from 27 to 19, and burglary fell from three to one.

There were 292 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 54 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 30 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 24 reported arrests the week before.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Sundays witnessed the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Tuesdays, Sundays and Mondays, while incidents on Fridays and Saturdays went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and late night saw the most crime last week.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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